News › Quan­tum tech­no­lo­gies · sci­en­ti­fic gim­mick or eco­no­mic­ally relevant?

Lively exch­ange at the 15th Erfurt Tech­no­logy Dia­log at COMCENTER Brühl in Erfurt/ Guest lec­ture by Prof. Andreas Tün­ner­mann (IOF Jena) pro­vi­des impe­tus for discussion

It is a tech­no­logy that is expec­ted to have many uses, for exam­ple in the use of future robots in indus­try, in the impro­ve­ment of medi­ci­nes and can­cer the­ra­pies, or in tap-proof, encrypted data trans­mis­sion: Accor­ding to experts, quan­tum tech­no­lo­gies have mani­fold poten­ti­als that need to be trans­fer­red from basic to applied rese­arch in the coming years. »Quan­tum Tech­no­lo­gies – Sci­en­ti­fic Gim­mick or Eco­no­mic­ally Rele­vant?« – the guest lec­ture with this title was given today, Mon­day, April 24, by Prof. Dr. Andreas Tün­ner­mann, direc­tor of the Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tute for Applied Optics and Pre­cis­ion Engi­nee­ring (IOF), as part of the 15th Erfurt Tech­no­logy Dia­log. »The recently ope­ned pos­si­bi­lity of con­trol­ling indi­vi­dual quanta has mul­ti­plied the uti­liza­tion opti­ons once again,« the rese­ar­cher said at the con­fe­rence. »As a result, modern eco­no­mies are now facing a situa­tion com­pa­ra­ble to that in the 1960s when the digi­tal revo­lu­tion began – we are on the thres­hold of a new tech­no­lo­gi­cal revolution!«

It has long been known that quan­tum tech­no­logy holds a great deal of poten­tial – experts descri­bed the dif­fe­rence bet­ween con­ven­tio­nal high-per­for­mance com­pu­ters and quan­tum com­pu­ters as »the dif­fe­rence bet­ween a super­so­nic jet and a zep­pe­lin« years ago. And deve­lo­p­ment in this field is pro­gres­sing rapidly. It is the­r­e­fore no coin­ci­dence that the topic of quan­tum tech­no­lo­gies was cho­sen for this year’s Erfurt Tech­no­lo­gy­Dia­log, as this event for­mat aims to pro­vide a plat­form for the dis­cus­sion of cur­rent, for­ward-loo­king rese­arch fields and inno­va­tions. »Quan­tum tech­no­lo­gies are a key to the future. By con­trol­ling and harnes­sing quanta, tech­no­lo­gi­cal deve­lo­p­ments can be taken to a new level, for exam­ple in the fields of medi­cine and IT. But this will only suc­ceed if rese­arch results can also be trans­fer­red into con­crete appli­ca­ti­ons. The Erfurt Tech­no­logy Dia­log is an excel­lent, tried-and-tes­ted forum for this, enab­ling a mutual exch­ange,« said Dr. Katja Böh­ler, State Secre­tary for Rese­arch, Inno­va­tion and Eco­no­mic Deve­lo­p­ment at the Thu­rin­gian Minis­try of Eco­no­mics, in her wel­co­ming address at the start of the con­fe­rence. Erfurt’s mayor Andreas Bau­se­wein also addres­sed the guests at COMCENTER Brühl with a gree­ting. »The poten­ti­als of quan­tum tech­no­lo­gies in the fields of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, com­pu­ting, sen­sor tech­no­logy and ima­ging domi­nate the tech­no­lo­gi­cal deba­tes about the future and pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for medium-sized com­pa­nies to con­quer new mar­kets, make them via­ble and eco­no­mic­ally rele­vant – the future brings us enorm­ous oppor­tu­ni­ties,« he elaborated.

Prof. Andreas Tünnermann’s lec­ture pro­vi­ded the visi­tors with a wide range of sti­muli and ideas for an exten­sive dis­cus­sion at the evening get-tog­e­ther. For LEG Mana­ging Direc­tor Sabine Wosche, this coope­ra­tion is a pre­re­qui­site for the con­tin­ued suc­cessful eco­no­mic deve­lo­p­ment of the Free State: »Thu­rin­gia has a high level of growth and inno­va­tion – if we want to main­tain and expand this, it can only be done tog­e­ther! The Tech­no­lo­gy­Dia­log could not take place as a pre­sence event for seve­ral years due to corona, and it is all the nicer that now there was again the oppor­tu­nity for a per­so­nal dis­cus­sion. The event series will con­ti­nue to be an important plat­form for entre­pre­neurs and rese­ar­chers in the future!«

Back­ground Erfurt Tech­no­logy Dialog

The theme evenings are orga­ni­zed by For­schungs- und Indus­trie­zen­trum Erfurt e.V. (FIZ). The state capi­tal of Erfurt, tog­e­ther with the Thu­rin­gian Minis­try of Eco­no­mics, Sci­ence and Digi­tal Society (TMWWDG) and LEG Thü­rin­gen, is a sup­porter of the annual Erfurt Tech­no­logy Dia­logs. Rese­ar­chers and busi­ness lea­ders take advan­tage of the oppor­tu­nity to exch­ange ideas on cur­rent topics. Based on key­note spee­ches by renow­ned experts, the lec­ture series enables all inte­res­ted par­ti­ci­pants to learn about new deve­lo­p­ments and engage in con­ver­sa­tion about them.